Dionysiaca, Volume I: Books 1-15 (Loeb Classical Library)

Dionysiaca, Volume I: Books 1-15 (Loeb Classical Library)

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Dionysiaca, Volume I: Books 1-15 (Loeb Classical Library) by Nonnos

Nonnos of Panopolis in Egypt, who lived in the fifth century of our era, composed the last great epic poem of antiquity. The Dionysiaca, in 48 books, has for its chief theme the expedition of Dionysus against the Indians; but the poet contrives to include all the adventures of the god (as well as much other mythological lore) in a narrative which begins with chaos in heaven and ends with the apotheosis of Ariadne's crown. The wild ecstasy inspired by the god is certainly reflected in the poet's style, which is baroque, extravagant, and unrestrained. It seems that Nonnos was in later years converted to Christianity, for in marked contrast to the Dionysiaca, a poem dealing unreservedly with classical myths and redolent of a pagan outlook, there is extant and ascribed to him a hexameter paraphrase of the Gospel of John.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of the Dionysiaca is in three volumes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674993792
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/28/1940
Series: Loeb Classical Library Series , #344
Edition description: 5th printing/1st pub.1940
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 592,004
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.37(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

William Henry Denham Rouse (1863–1950) was Headmaster of the Perse School and a founding editor of the Loeb Classical Library.

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Mythological Introduction

Text Criticism Of The Dionysiaca

Select Bibliography (1984)

Summary Of The Books Of The Poem


Book I

Additional Note to Book I

Book II

Additional Note to Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Book VI

Additional Notes to Book VI

Book VII


Book IX

Book X

Book XI

Book XII

Additional Note to Book XII


Book XIV

Book XV

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